Olympus OM-D E-M1 vs Samsung NX500

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Olympus OM-D E-M1
Samsung NX500

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Reasons For

7 Reasons For
75% smaller maximum aperture Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 is a 22 maximum aperture digital camera. That's 16.4 smaller than the Samsung NX500 (5.6).
0.7 smaller minimum aperture Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 has a minimum aperture of 2.8, whereas the Samsung NX500 is a 3.5 minimum aperture digital camera (0.7 larger).
800 auto focus points Edit
The number of auto focus points on the Olympus OM-D E-M1 is 800, but the Samsung NX500 only has 205 auto focus points.
Longer maximum camera shutter speed Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 has a maximum camera shutter speed of 60ss. That's 30s longer than the Samsung NX500 (30ss). Read more

The maximum time which the camera shutter is open when taking a photo.

Cheaper by $717
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 is $716.99 cheaper than the Samsung NX500.
2 shops are selling it
A greater number of sellers increases the price competition amongst retailers for the product and also increases the chances of this digital camera remaining in stock.
Better user reviews
Based on 2 user reviews, the average review score of the Olympus OM-D E-M1 is 100%, whereas the average rating of the Samsung NX500 is 92% (based on 26 reviews).
9 Reasons For
43% higher megapixel count Edit
The Samsung NX500 is a 28.2MPMP digital camera. That's 11.9MP higher than the Olympus OM-D E-M1 (28.2MPMP). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

46% more total megapixel count Edit
The Samsung NX500 is a 30.7MPMP digital camera. That's 13.9MP more than the Olympus OM-D E-M1 (30.7MPMP).
Smaller minimum ISO speed Edit
The Samsung NX500 is a 100 minimum ISO speed digital camera. That's 100 smaller than the Olympus OM-D E-M1 (100).
50% higher JPEG frame rate Edit
The Samsung NX500 is a 60fpsfps JPEG frame rate digital camera. That's 30fps higher than the Olympus OM-D E-M1 (60fpsfps).
Hugely lighter Edit
The Samsung NX500 has a weight of 292gg, but the Olympus OM-D E-M1 is a 443gg digital camera (151g heavier). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

Three times lighter lens weight Edit
The Samsung NX500 has a lens weight of 111gg, but the Olympus OM-D E-M1 is a 382gg lens weight digital camera (271g heavier).
Significantly shorter lens length Edit
The Samsung NX500 is a 31mmmm lens length digital camera. That's 53mm shorter than the Olympus OM-D E-M1 (31mmmm).
5.1mm smaller lens diameter Edit
The Samsung NX500 has a lens diameter of 64.8mmmm, however the Olympus OM-D E-M1 is a 69.9mmmm lens diameter digital camera (5.1mm bigger).
370 shots shots per battery charge Edit
The number of shots per battery charge on the Samsung NX500 is 370 shots, but the Olympus OM-D E-M1 only takes 330 shots shots per battery charge. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

Reasons Against

10 Reasons Against
74% lower megapixel count Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 is a 16.3MPMP digital camera. That's 11.9MP lower than the Samsung NX500 (28.2MPMP). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

83% less total megapixel count Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 is a 16.8MPMP digital camera. That's 13.9MP less than the Samsung NX500 (30.7MPMP).
50% bigger minimum ISO speed Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 is a 200 minimum ISO speed digital camera. That's 100 bigger than the Samsung NX500 (100).
Vastly lower JPEG frame rate Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 is a 30fpsfps JPEG frame rate digital camera. That's 30fps lower than the Samsung NX500 (60fpsfps).
A lot heavier Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 has a weight of 443gg, however the Samsung NX500 is a 292gg digital camera (151g lighter). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

Vastly heavier lens weight Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 has a lens weight of 382gg, however the Samsung NX500 is a 111gg lens weight digital camera (271g lighter).
Longer lens length Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 is an 84mmmm lens length digital camera. That's 53mm longer than the Samsung NX500 (31mmmm).
5.1mm bigger lens diameter Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 has a lens diameter of 69.9mmmm, whereas the Samsung NX500 is a 64.8mmmm lens diameter digital camera (5.1mm smaller).
Only 330 shots shots per battery charge Edit
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 takes 330 shots shots per battery charge, however the Samsung NX500 only takes 370 shots shots per battery charge. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

Older by over one year
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 is 17 months older than the Samsung NX500.
7 Reasons Against
Three times bigger maximum aperture Edit
The Samsung NX500 is a 5.6 maximum aperture digital camera. That's 16.4 bigger than the Olympus OM-D E-M1 (5.6).
21% larger minimum aperture Edit
The Samsung NX500 has a minimum aperture of 3.5, however the Olympus OM-D E-M1 is a 2.8 minimum aperture digital camera (0.7 smaller).
Only 205 auto focus points Edit
The Samsung NX500 is a 205 auto focus point digital camera, whereas the Olympus OM-D E-M1 only has 800 auto focus points.
Shorter maximum camera shutter speed Edit
Samsung NX500 is only 30ss maximum shutter speed. That's 30s shorter than the Olympus OM-D E-M1 (30ss). Read more

The maximum time which the camera shutter is open when taking a photo.

More expensive by $717
The Samsung NX500 is $716.99 more expensive than the Olympus OM-D E-M1.
Less retailers
The Samsung NX500 is only stocked by 1 seller, whereas the Olympus OM-D E-M1 is stocked by 3 sellers. Read more
Fewer numbers of sellers reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product and also reduces the chances of this digital camera remaining in stock.
User review Rating is Worse
The Samsung NX500's average user score is 92%, however the Olympus OM-D E-M1's is 100% (based on 2 reviews).

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 SLR
BEST
 SLR
Megapixel Count
16.3MP 28.2MP
BEST
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
BEST
Still Image Resolution
 4608 x 3456
 2560 x 1920
 1024 x 768
 4608 x 2592
 3264 x 2176
 3328 x 1872
BEST
 4608 x 3456
 2560 x 1920
 1024 x 768
 4608 x 2592
 3264 x 2176
 3328 x 1872
Maximum Image Resolution
 6480 x 4320
 6480 x 4320
BEST
Image Format
 RAW
 JPG
 MPO
 RAW
 JPG
 MPO
Full-Frame Sensor Size
17.3 x 13 23.5 x 15.7
Total Megapixel Count
16.8MP 30.7MP
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Lens
 Lens
Sensor Format
 Advanced Photo System type-C (APS-C)
 Advanced Photo System type-C (APS-C)
Aspect Ratio
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 3:4
 1:1
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 3:4
 1:1
Image Sensor Size
 4/3
BEST
 4/3

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black
Maximum Waterproof Depth
Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Freezeproof Temperature
10°C Unknown - Click to provide data

Lens System

Optical Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data
Digital Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Aperture
22
BEST
5.6
Minimum Aperture
2.8
BEST
3.5
Maximum Focal Length
80mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length
24mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range
12 - 40 16 - 50
Lens
 Standard
 Standard
Lens Structure
14/9 9/8
Lens Mount Interface
 Four Thirds
 Micro Four Thirds
 Samsung NX
 Four Thirds
 Micro Four Thirds
 Samsung NX
Aspheric Element
2 Unknown - Click to provide data
Diaphragm Blades
5 Unknown - Click to provide data
Filter Size
62mm 43mm

Focusing

Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Tracking Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Tracking Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance
0.2m Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus Point
800
BEST
205
Focus Points Selection
 Manual
 Manual
Focus
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Focus Mode
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Mode
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
ISO Speed
 160
 1600
 25600
 25
 64
 80
 100
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 3200
 6400
 12800
 160
 1600
 25600
 25
 64
 80
 100
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 3200
 6400
 12800
Maximum ISO Speed
25,600 25,600
Minimum ISO Speed
200 100
BEST
Light Metering Mode
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
Light Exposure Correction
 ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
BEST
 ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program AE

Shutter

Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
60s
BEST
30s
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s

Flash

Flash Mode
 Fill-in
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Flash off
 Second curtain synchro
 Fill-in
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Flash off
 Second curtain synchro
Flash Guide
10m Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Sync-Speed
BEST
0.01s
Flash Exposure Correction
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
BEST
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)

Video

Maximum Video Resolution
 4096 x 2160
 4096 x 2160
BEST
JPEG Frame Rate
30fps 60fps
BEST
Video Format
 AVI
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MP4
 AVI
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVCHD
 AVC
 MP4
Analog Signal Format
 PAL
 NTSC
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolution
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 4096 x 2160
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 4096 x 2160
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080
BEST
Resolution and Capture Speed
 3840x2160@30fps
 4096x2160@24fps
 3840x2160@30fps
 4096x2160@24fps
BEST
HD Type
 Full HD
 4K Ultra HD
 Full HD
 4K Ultra HD

Audio

Audio Format
 PCM
BEST
 PCM

Memory

Memory Card
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
Maximum Memory Card Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 64GB
Memory Slot
1 1

Display

Screen Size
3" 3"
Display
 Super AMOLED
 Super AMOLED
BEST
Field of View
Unknown - Click to provide data 100%
Display Resolution
1,037,000 pixels
BEST
1,036,000 pixels

Viewfinder

Lens Magnification Ratio
1.48x Unknown - Click to provide data
Viewfinder
 electrical
BEST
 electrical

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI Connector
 Micro
 Micro
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
USB Connector
 Micro-USB
 Micro-USB

Camera

White Balance Mode
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Underwater
 Manual
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Custom modes
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Shade
 Flash
 Underwater
 Manual
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Custom modes
Shooting Mode
 Auto
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Manual
 Program
 Auto
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Manual
 Program
Photo Effect
 Art
 Sepia
 Calm
 Vivid
 Art
 Sepia
 Calm
 Vivid
Self-Timer
2,12 2,30
Camera File System
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
BEST
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.2
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
Built-In Processor
TruePic VII DRIMe V
Diopter Adjustment
4 - 2 Unknown - Click to provide data
Eye Relief
21mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Scene Mode
 Beach
 Candlelight
 Children
 Documents
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Panorama
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
 Beach
 Candlelight
 Children
 Documents
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Panorama
 Portrait
 Sports
 Sunset
Display Language
 Multi
 Multi
On Screen Display Language
 DAN
 DUT
 GRE
 EST
 SLV
 SER
 CZE
 LAV
 UKR
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 LIT
 ITA
 POL
 POR
 SLK
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 HEB
 THA
 JPN
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 SRP
 CRO
 PER
 VIE
 DAN
 DUT
 GRE
 EST
 SLV
 SER
 CZE
 LAV
 UKR
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 LIT
 ITA
 POL
 POR
 SLK
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 HEB
 THA
 JPN
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 SRP
 CRO
 PER
 VIE

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
443g 292g
BEST
Height
93.5mm 63.6mm
Depth
63.1mm 42.5mm
Width
130.4mm 119.5mm
Lens Weight
382g 111g
BEST
Lens Length
84mm 31mm
BEST
Lens Diameter
69.9mm 64.8mm
BEST
Weight Including Battery
497g Unknown - Click to provide data

Battery

Power Source
 Battery
 Battery
Battery
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Supported Battery
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Battery Size
Unknown - Click to provide data BP1130
Battery Capacity
Unknown - Click to provide data 1,130mAh
Shot Per Battery Charge
330 shots 370 shots
BEST

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 32 - 104
Relative Humidity Storage Range
10 - 90 Unknown - Click to provide data
Relative Humidity Operating Range
30 - 90 5 - 85
Storage Temperature Range
-20 - 60 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Temperature Range
-10 - 40 0 - 40

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
Unknown - Click to provide data ILauncher, Power Media Player, Samsung Movie Converter, Samsung Raw Converter, Samsung DNG converter
Included Cable
 USB
BEST
 USB

Other Features

Interface
- SD Memory Card Unknown - Click to provide data
Dimension
93.5 x 130.4 x 63.1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Aperture Range
3.5 - 6.3 Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Shutter Speed Range
60 - 1/8000 Unknown - Click to provide data

Technical Details

Continuous Shooting Speed (max)
10 Unknown - Click to provide data
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